Joe Khawaja has been named vice president and chief financial officer for St. Paul-based Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS), among the largest human service organizations in Minnesota. Effective February 14, he will be responsible for Finance, Accounting, Information Technology and Property Management.
“I'm humbled, honored and excited to serve as CFO for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota,” Khawaja said.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) honored several employees with the Anti-Racism Leadership Award in 2021. The award recognizes the contributions of each recipient that further LSS’ efforts to create a more inclusive, equitable organization and society. Each recipient was nominated for the award by their colleagues and selected by a subcommittee of LSS’ Anti-Racism Task Force. The subcommittee noted that all nominees were worthy of recognition as leaders working to create equitable workplaces and communities for all people.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) offers frozen, shipped meals to older adults statewide through its LSS Meals to Go service. LSS Meals equips older adults to live healthier, more active and independent lives and makes eating fun and easy. They also serve individuals experiencing food insecurities or who need assistance with nutrition or nutrition requirements.
Jane Vader, Safe Harbor Regional Navigator at LSS serving south-central Minnesota, served as a featured speaker on sex trafficking awareness and prevention at Martin Luther College in New Ulm. LSS Mankato manages a 24-Hour Hotline (507.381.5511), connecting youth and young adults to transitional housing services, education and employment support, caring adults, necessities to meet one’s basic needs and other community resources. Read the story here.
Effective January 1, 2022, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota assumed Pooled Trust services operated by The Arc Minnesota that serves individuals with disabilities. The transition will ensure that individuals served through The Arc Minnesota’s Master Pooled Trust continue to preserve their Pooled Trust assets and maintain eligibility for important public benefits, such as social security income and Medicaid. The change is being made due to the retirement of The Arc Minnesota’s Master Pooled Trust Manager, Steve Egly.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota offered a Lunch and Learn webinar on Jan. 27 to help the community understand the role it can play in sex trafficking prevention. Check out the news report. You can also tune in to the webinar.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) named Paul Slack as vice president of Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, a newly-created position that serves on the LSS Cabinet and reports directly to the CEO. Slack joined Lutheran Social Service in 2019 as its Social Justice Advocate prior to being promoted to Social Justice Advocacy Manager.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is dedicated to preventing sex trafficking among youth and to providing support for young people who have experienced sexual exploitation.
A virtual “Lunch and Learn” will be offered on Thursday, January 27, from Noon-1 p.m. to hear from Lutheran Social Service leaders across the state about what is being done to prevent trafficking and support youth, and how the community can get involved. The effort is part of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, designed to create awareness and support for individuals who have been affected by this issue.
Visit this news post to access the registration link.